The old life of Kelly Powers began to slip away two years ago.
Her husband had bought her a new motorcycle for her 31st birthday,
but during the vision test for her license, Powers realized something
She'd been getting chronic headaches and was clumsy at times. She had
trouble holding a bottle for her infant daughter. Then her hands
couldn't seem to hold her baby.
It was multiple sclerosis. Within a year, the disease was claiming
enough of her body that she had to give up her daycare business and
retreat to her bed.
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PROVIDENCE -- With two months to spare, the House of Representatives
overwhelmingly voted yesterday to make permanent a law that legalizes
marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Senate is scheduled to vote on
the bill today -- and is expected to approve it easily.
Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana last
year; since then New Mexico has passed similar legislation. However,
Rhode Island's pioneering move had an expiration date. The law has a
built-in sunset clause for June 30, unless legislators make it permanent.
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PROVIDENCE -- Batterers under restraining orders could lose their
guns, the very sick could use marijuana, and women seeking abortions
may have to wait 24 hours before undergoing the procedure.
These were some of the biggest issues of the late afternoon session
of the full Senate yesterday, and so far, two of the big three are
headed for the desk of Governor Carcieri.
The third, on abortion, under the bill called "Women's Right to
Know," will go to the House, where it appears to have a shaky future.
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It Is Difficult To Reduce The Number Of Homicides In The City Because Of
The Link Between Drugs And Guns, Police Officials Say.
PROVIDENCE -- A Providence man who was killed Wednesday in an Erastus
Street house was a key witness in an upcoming murder trial.
The shooting death of Eric Price, 32, was one of three killings in the city
this week that the Providence police say appear to be drug related. These
latest killings have pushed Providence's homicide rate up to 28 this year
- -- higher than last year's total of 26. Drugs are usually behind the
killings, the police say.
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